Newsletter (10 January 2004)

SPHERICAL-COW-CONCEPT and false unit SAR. e: SPHERICAL- COW-CONCEPT and how to wake-up the judicial myopia?

Dear Bill Curry:

Thank you very much to review the information about SPHERICAL-COW-CONCEPT.

We must consider the real health hazard is on “alive people” to denounce the erroneous base of the mobile telephony:  SPHERICAL-COW-CONCEPT and false unit SAR.

* It is imperative that the judges review the health basis of the mobile telephony.

The SPHERICAL-COW-CONCEPT makes reference to a cynical test to warm up one degree a DEAD MASS:

1. SPHERICAL-COW-CONCEPT is a bag of plastic with “sugar-salt-water” and is a DEAD MASS.

2. The “New Models” are very complicated but also based on a DEAD MASS.

3. The use of supercomputers is correct to impress mass media and specially to the judicial myopia. But is only to warm up a DEAD MASS.

* To confuse the users and judges?

Thanks for your information and specially the indication of the conductivity in alive beings that is 15% different form the cadaver: cadaver calculation can be SAR erroneous.

Best regards

Miguel Muntané

From: Bill Curry (excerpt)

Dear Dr. Muntane:

While the "spherical cow" may have been a model previously used to make dosimetric assessments, to my knowledge it isn't used now. The most realistic dosimetric models use a very complicated rendition of the tissues of a human being - e.g., Prof. Om Gandhi's elaborate models. The new models that are used in super computer calculations of energy deposition use the finite difference time domain technique. Data are taken from MIR studies of human cadavers and animals. No spherical symmetry arguments are invoked, no averaging of tissue properties over the whole individual or organs of that individual. 

Now, many different tissue types, different densities, different dilectric constants, different electrical conductivities, and different internal shapes for structures are included in these elaborate calculations. The most important deficiency in these models is their lack of any way to represent how life changes the interaction of electromagnetic waves with tissues. We have only a glimpse of the complexity of the problem in the recent series of papers that showed the basic electrical constants of tissues change in the transition from life to death, and this is the most superficial aspect of how life modifies the interaction between tissues and EMR. Don't get too hung up about the inadequacies of the spherical cow model - it just isn't used, as far as I know!

Bill P. Curry, Ph.D.          


PLANETNEWS broadcast...

Beware of Michelin tires ... they talk

Date: 1 Jan 2004

" Tires, too, can tell on drivers.

This Car Can Talk. What It Says May Cause Concern.


Published: December 29, 2003

Last year, Curt Dunnam bought a Chevrolet Blazer with one of the most popular new features in high-end cars: the OnStar personal security system.

The heavily advertised communications and tracking feature is used nationwide by more than two million drivers, who simply push a button to connect, via a built-in cellphone, to a member of the OnStar staff. A Global Positioning System, or G.P.S., helps the employee give verbal directions to the driver or locate the car after an accident. The company can even send a signal to unlock car doors for locked-out owners, or blink the car's lights and honk the horn to help people find their cars in an endless plain of parking spaces.

A big selling point for the system is its use in thwarting car thieves. Once an owner reports to the police that a car has been stolen, the company, which was started by General Motors, can track it to help intercept the thieves, a service it performs about 400 times each month.

But for Mr. Dunnam, the more he learned about his car's security features, the less secure he felt. A research support specialist at Cornell  University, he is concerned about privacy. He has enough technical knowledge to worry that someone else - say, law enforcement officers, or even hackers - could listen in on his phone calls, or gain control over his automotive systems without his knowledge or consent. Any gadget that can track a carjacker, he reasons, can just as readily be used to track him.

"While I don't believe G.M. intentionally designed this system to facilitate Orwellian activities, they sure have made it easy," he said.

OnStar is one of a growing number of automated eyes and ears that enhance driving safety and convenience but that also increase the potential for surveillance. Privacy advocates say that the rise of the automotive technologies, including electronic toll areas, location-tracking devices, "black box" data recorders like those found on airplanes and even tiny radio ID tags in tires, are changing the nature of Americans' relationship with their cars.

Beth Givens, founder of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, said the car had long been a symbol of Kerouac-flavored freedom, and a haven. "You can talk to yourself in your car, you can scream at yourself in your car, you can go there to be alone, you can ponder the heavens, you can think deep thoughts all alone, you can sing," she said. With the growing number of monitoring systems, she said, "Now, the car is Big Brother."

James E. Hall, a transportation lawyer and former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the monitoring systems presented a subtle blend of benefit and risk. "We are moving toward a kind of automobile that nobody's ever known," he said.

Mr. Dunnam said he had become even more concerned because of a federal appeals court case involving a criminal investigation in Nevada, in  which federal authorities had demanded that a company attach a wiretap to tracking services like those installed in his car. The suit did not reveal which company was involved. A three-judge panel in San Francisco rejected the request, but not on privacy grounds; the panel said the wiretap would interfere with the operation of the safety services.


OnStar has said that its equipment was not involved in that case. An OnStar spokeswoman, Geri Lama, suggested that Mr. Dunnam's worries were overblown. The signals that the company sends to unlock car doors or track location-based information can be triggered only with a secure exchange of specific identifying data, which ought to deter all but the most determined hackers, she said.

As for law enforcement, the company said it released location data about customers only under a court order. "We have no choice but to be responsive to court orders," Ms. Lama said.

Other information systems being added to cars can be used for tracking as well. Electronic toll systems are convenient for computers, but the information is increasingly being used to track movements. When police were trying to track the car of Jonathan P. Luna, an assistant United States attorney who was killed earlier this month, they pulled the records of his charges on his E-Zpass account, which led them to Pennsylvania, where his body was found. Such records have also been used in civil cases like child custody disputes.

Of all of the new automotive technologies, none presents a more complex set of benefits and risks than the "black box" sensors that have already been placed in millions of cars nationwide. The latest models capture the last few seconds of data - like vehicle speed, seatbelt use and whether the driver applied the brakes - before a collision.

Such detailed reporting of accidents raises privacy concerns, said experts at Consumers Union, which has filed comments with the federal government warning about possible violations of privacy. Sally Greenberg, senior product safety counsel at Consumers Union, said her group recognized the potential safety benefits of the reporting but wanted the government to "proceed with caution."

People's cars have already started turning their owners in. Scott E. Knight, a California man, was convicted last year for the killing of a Merced, Calif., resident in a March 2001 hit-and-run accident; police tracked him down because the OnStar system in his Chevy Tahoe alerted OnStar when the airbag was set off.

Transportation experts say that if these sensor systems can provide crucial information for emergency aid workers and for vehicle research, lives will be saved. The federal government is considering rules that would standardize the information that black boxes provide, along with ways to gather the information.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association is working to develop a worldwide standard for black boxes. Tom Kowalick, who is co-chairman of the effort, calls the program "quite simply a matter of life and death for millions of motor vehicle crash victims."

Mr. Hall, the former federal official, is the other co-chairman of the effort, and he agreed that the technology should be used to detect  dangerous car models. The privacy concerns can be minimized, he said, by applying the technology to commercial vehicles and fleets. "There are enough vehicles out there," he said, "to amass evidence, to provide you with the type of information you need without having to even address the subject of the privately owned vehicles right now."

Surveillance technologies are easy to buy and even easier to abuse, privacy experts say. Paul A. Seidler was arrested last year in Kenosha, Wis., after he installed a tracking device in an ex-girlfriend's car. According to the police report, the ex-girlfriend, Connie Adams, complained that "she could not understand how the defendant always knew where she was in her vehicle at all times."

Police inspected her 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier and found a small black box near the radiator that beamed the car's position to Mr. Seidler's computer. In June, Mr. Seidler was sentenced to nine months in jail for stalking Ms. Adams.

The use of location tracking is growing. Law enforcement agents have used similar devices to chart suspects' travels, and a California company now offers a similar device so that parents can monitor their teenagers' driving.

Last year a small rental car company in New Haven, Acme Rent-a-Car, angered customers by using global positioning to fine them $150 for speeding. The state's department of consumer protection declared the fines illegal - but not the tracking. The company appealed the consumer agency's action, but in July a state judge rejected the appeal.

In fact, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, Progressive Auto Insurance, has already tested policies in Texas that  tied insurance rates to car usage as monitored by global positioning.

Tires, too, can tell on drivers. This year, Michelin began implanting match-head-sized chips in tires that can be read remotely. The company started using the chips to provide manufacturing information that could help spot failure trends and to comply with a federal law requiring close tracking of tires for recalls. But privacy activists fear that the chips, which can be loaded with a car's vehicle identification number, would allow yet another form of automated vehicle tracking. "You basically have Web browser 'cookies' in your tires," said Richard M. Smith, an independent privacy researcher.

Aviel D. Rubin, the technical director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said that every new technology with the potential to invade privacy was introduced with pledges that it would be used responsibly.

But over time, he said, the desire of law enforcement and business to use the data overtook the early promises. "The only way to get real privacy," he said, "is not to collect the information in the first place."

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The Pressure is on to Make Tires Talk

Informant: Don Maisch


Washington's New World Order Weapons Have the Ability to Trigger Climate Change

by Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa

Third World Resurgence, January 2001

Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG),,  4  January 2002

The important debate on global warming under UN auspices provides but a partial picture of climate change; in addition to the devastating impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on the ozone layer, the World's climate can now be modified as part of a new generation of sophisticated "non-lethal weapons." Both the Americans and the Russians have developed capabilities to manipulate the World's climate.

In the US, the technology is being perfected under the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) as part of the ("Star Wars") Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI). Recent scientific evidence suggests that HAARP is fully operational and has the ability of potentially triggering floods, droughts, hurricanes and earthquakes. From a military standpoint, HAARP is a weapon of mass destruction. Potentially, it constitutes an instrument of conquest capable of selectively destabilising agricultural and ecological systems of entire regions.

While there is no evidence that this deadly technology has been used, surely the United Nations should be addressing the issue of "environmental warfare" alongside the debate on the climatic impacts of greenhouse gases...

Despite a vast body of scientific knowledge, the issue of deliberate climatic manipulations for military use has never been explicitly part of the UN agenda on climate change. Neither the official delegations nor the environmental action groups participating in the Hague Conference on Climate Change (CO6) (November 2000) have raised the broad issue of "weather warfare" or "environmental modification techniques (ENMOD)" as relevant to an understanding of climate change.

The clash between official negotiators, environmentalists and American business lobbies has centered on Washington's outright refusal to abide by commitments on carbon dioxide reduction targets under the 1997 Kyoto protocol.(1) The impacts of military technologies on the World's climate are not an object of discussion or concern. Narrowly confined to greenhouse gases, the ongoing debate on climate change serves Washington's strategic and defense objectives.


World renowned scientist Dr. Rosalie Bertell confirms that "US military scientists ... are working on weather systems as a potential weapon. The methods include the enhancing of storms and the diverting of vapor rivers in the Earth's atmosphere to produce targeted droughts or floods." (2) Already in the 1970s, former National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski had foreseen in his book "Between Two Ages" that:

"Technology will make available, to the leaders of major nations, techniques for conducting secret warfare, of which only a bare minimum of the security forces need be appraised... [T]echniques of weather modification could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought or storm."

Marc Filterman, a former French military officer, outlines several types of "unconventional weapons" using radio frequencies. He refers to "weather war," indicating that the U.S. and the Soviet Union had already "mastered the know-how needed to unleash sudden climate changes (hurricanes, drought) in the early 1980s."(3) These technologies make it "possible to trigger atmospheric disturbances by using Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radar [waves]." (4)

A simulation study of future defense "scenarios" commissioned for the US Air Force calls for:

"US aerospace forces to 'own the weather' by capitalizing on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications... From enhancing friendly operations or disrupting those of the enemy via small-scale tailoring of natural weather patterns to complete dominance of global communications and counterspace control, weather-modification offers the war fighter a wide-range of possible options to defeat or coerce an adversary... In the United States, weather-modification will likely become a part of national security policy with both domestic and international applications. Our government will pursue such a policy, depending on its interests, at various levels.(5)

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Informant: George Paxinos